2022 Commencement

The 57th SPSCC Commencement Ceremony will be held in-person on June 11 at 10 a.m., outside at The Evergreen State College's Red Square.

The event will also be livestreamed on SPSCC's YouTube channel. This year's 1,314 graduates will be honored at the event.

Cap, Gown, Cords & Stoles

Cap & Gown

A blue cap & gown is required as you move across the stage. You can email the Office of Student Life to learn about used cap & gown options at


If you applied to graduate before April 1, cords for honors, Running Start, and Veterans students are ready for pickup at the Olympia Campus from Monday to Thursday (no Friday pickups). Last day for pickup is June 9.

  • Honors: Pickup at the One Stop in Bldg. 22, 2nd Floor.
  • Running Start: Pickup at the Start Here Desk in Bldg. 22, 2nd Floor.
  • Veterans: Contact Michelle in the Veterans Office to arrange pickup.

Cord Meaning

White - Highest Honors (3.9 to 4.0 GPA)
Silver - High Honors (3.75 to 3.89 GPA)
Blue & white braided - Running Start
Red, white & blue braided - Veterans


Check directly with your department contact about stoles for:
  • Clipper Athletics
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Center

Check-in, Map & Parking

Graduate check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. on June 11 by Purce Hall and graduate lineup begins at 9:30 a.m.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at The Evergreen State College's Red Square.

Here is the map of The Evergreen State College campus to reference parking and ceremony location (Red Square).

Apply to Graduate

Remember that you need to apply to graduate from SPSCC, whether or not you want to be included in the Commencement Ceremony.

The deadline to be included in print materials for the 2022 Commencement Ceremony has passed (it was April 1).

Apply to Graduate

Graduation Disclaimer: Participation in the ceremony is optional and is not an official verification of graduation requirements. Grades have not been posted at the time of the ceremony and some students may have remaining class requirements.

Common Questions

Will I go across the stage?

Yes! We're excited to welcome you to move across the stage this year.

Are tickets required?

No, tickets are not required to attend.

Is graduation happening before finals week?

Yes, the commencement ceremony will be held before the end of the quarter. We hope this lifts your spirits and gets you ready to rock your finals!

What if I apply to graduate after the deadline?

If you apply to graduate after the April 1 deadline, you can still attend the commencement ceremony and move across the stage! However, your name may not be recognized in print or web materials.

What should I wear?

A blue cap & gown is required as you move across the stage.

Cap & gown sales are now closed. You can email the Office of Student Life to learn about used cap & gown options at

2020 and 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremonies